Thirty-seven percent (37%) of voters nationwide believe that the candidate who raises the most money wins elections most or just about all of the time. A ScottRasmussen.com poll found that 44% believe the candidate with the most money wins some of the time and 18% say occasionally.
Younger voters are more likely than their elders to see a connection between raising the most money and winning elections. Among those under 35, 42% believe that the candidate who raises the most money usually wins. Just 27% of senior citizens agree (see question wording and crosstabs).
Political insiders focus extensively on how much various campaigns raise as a measure of candidate viability. Financial disclosures required by election laws are eagerly anticipated. However, most voters tune this out.
This year, Democrats have significantly outraised Republicans in Congressional elections. It has been heavily reported in the insider publications. But 49% of voters don’t know which party has raised more. Twenty-seven percent (27%) of voters mistakenly believe the GOP has raised more money while 24% think the Democrats have done so.
Interestingly, Republican voters are more likely to say Democrats have raised more while Democrats say Republicans have the cash advantage.
The national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted October 24-25, 2018 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.
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